Officials suspect fire at American Furniture was deliberately set

Fire at American Furniture in Pontotoc County (Adam Patton)

Fire at furniture manufacturing plant ruled arson.

Posted: Oct 19, 2018 12:23 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2018 3:03 PM

Update 10/19/18 3:01 p.m.

The Pontotoc County Board of Supervisors voted to put up a $5,000 reward for the American Furniture fire and another $5,000 reward for the Washington Furniture fire.

See the original post below.

ECRU, Miss. (WTVA) -- Fire officials suspect the weekend blaze at a Pontotoc County furniture manufacturing plant was deliberately set.

The State Fire Marshal's Office released the news shortly after noon Friday in connection with the American Furniture investigation.

Three buildings at the plant were destroyed in the fire Saturday.

State and federal officials have worked with the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department to look into the fire.

The news release says there is evidence a door was broken into at the facility and video shows someone enter the building.

A person-of-interest is being sought in connection with the fire.

The State Fire Marshal and the ATF have offered a total of $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the American Furniture fire.

A 3:30 p.m. news conference will be held at the site.

It is the second fire involving a furniture manufacturing plant in Pontotoc County ruled as arson.

A fire burned a warehouse at Washington Furniture in Pontotoc on September 26.

A $15,000 reward has been offered to find the person responsible for setting the fire.

WTVA's Evan Hensley will have more on the latest developments on WTVA 9 News at 4.

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